Caucus News

Senator Dave Cortese

Senator Cortese’s Statement on the Passing of Norman Mineta

May 3, 2022

Senator Dave Cortese (D-Silicon Valley) made the following statement today:
“I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Norman Mineta, someone I was honored to call a friend and mentor. Secretary Mineta embodied what it means to be a public servant and was an inspiration to countless leaders, including myself. His legacy will leave a lasting impression for years to come.”

Senator Susan Rubio

Senator Susan Rubio Statement on SCOTUS Opinion to Overturn Roe v. Wade

May 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) today released the following statement based on the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Senator Scott Wiener

LGBTQ Lawmakers in 19 States Have or Will Introduce Laws to Protect Trans Kids from Civil and Criminal Penalties When Seeking Gender-Affirming Care

May 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), LGBTQ Victory Institute, Equality California and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California today announced the national, LGBTQ-led rollout of trans refuge state legislation in 19 states. In response to recent executive and legislative action in states like Alabama and Texas, these trans refuge laws will shield trans kids and their families from penalties when seeking gender-affirming care.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Continue Protecting Undocumented Immigrants in Court, SB 836, Passes Senate

May 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 836 passed the Senate by a vote of 28-0. It will head to the Assembly for policy committee hearings. This legislation will extend the safeguards from SB 785 (Wiener, 2018), which protected a person’s immigration status in a public court record, unless the presiding judge determined that immigration status was relevant information. This legislation had a sunset date of January 1, 2022, so it has now expired.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: Davis Media Access is Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year

May 3, 2022

 

DAVIS – Davis Media Access, which operates community radio station KDRT 95.7 FM and two local cable channels, providing an essential forum for city government, schools and other community groups, has been named Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino Bill Creating Tri-City Regional Housing Trust Clears Senate Floor

May 3, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 1177, introduced by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) which seeks to create an affordable housing regional trust between the cities of Pasadena, Burbank, and Glendale, passed the Senate Floor.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Legislative Women’s Caucus Statement on leaked SCOTUS Draft Opinion to Strip Away Abortion Rights

May 3, 2022

California Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Vice Chair Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) released the following statements regarding the leaked draft opinion of the United States Supreme Court that would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision:

Senator Toni Atkins

Following Draft SCOTUS Opinion, Legislative Leaders and Governor Newsom Announce Constitutional Amendment to Enshrine the Right to Choose in California

May 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Governor Gavin Newsom released the below statement following news reports detailing a preliminary U.S. Supreme Court majority draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion: 

Senator Henry Stern

Stern Bill to Establish Right to Mental Health Care and Housing that Heals for Severely Mentally Ill Californians Passes Key Committee

April 29, 2022

Sacramento, CA - In a 7 to 1 vote, the Senate Health Committee approved Senator Stern s
landmark legislation, Senate Bill 1446, to establish a right to treatment for unhoused Californians
with severe mental illness.
Currently, California as whole faces a major shortage in street level mental health services and
housing options, and despite the City of Los Angeles recent housing settlement with L.A.
Alliance for Human Rights, LA County is still fighting the suit, maintaining that it is doing

Senator Henry Stern

Senate Energy Committee Votes 8-1 to Pass SB 1486: Aliso Canyon Closure

April 29, 2022

Sacramento, CA- In an 8 to 1 vote, the Senate Energy Committee voted in favor of SB 1486 for the responsible and equitable closure of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility.

“A future without Aliso Canyon is finally in sight,” said Senator Henry Stern (D- Los Angeles), the bill’s author.

The tensions surrounding this natural gas facility have followed the October 23, 2015 gas leak started from well SS-25 at Aliso Canyon. This leak would later became the largest known leak of methane in our country’s history.